Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.

Get Instant Access To

  • 24/7 alerts for pet-related recalls

  • Your own library of articles, blogs, and favorite pet names

  • Tools designed to keep your pets happy and healthy



or Connect with Facebook

By joining petMD, you agree to the Privacy Policy.

Nutrition Center -

Canaries

Filed Under

If you are looking for a bird to watch and listen to, rather than to cuddle with, a canary is the bird for you. Available in different colors depending on species, canaries can be yellow, orange, red, white, and with a variety of feather patterns. As...

READ MORE

Finches

Filed Under

Depending on their species, these adorable little birds are available in a variety of patterns and colors, from owl finches that truly look like little owls, to Gouldian finches that have vibrant, rainbow-like colors, to zebra finches that have...

READ MORE

Conures

Filed Under

Likely the loudest of the small birds, with a screech-like squawk, these birds are generally curious, self-assured, and very active. Conures are social, outgoing, love to be around and literally on people constantly, and make great pets for...

READ MORE

Caiques

Filed Under

Known to be the clowns of the parrot world, caiques are great for families with elementary school-age and older kids, or for anyone who wants a medium-sized parrot with a huge amount of energy. These heavy-set, brightly-colored birds with orange,...

READ MORE

Quaker Parrots

Filed Under

Also known as monk parrots, Quakers have become extremely popular pets over the past few years. With big personalities in small bodies not much larger than that of a cockatiel, these birds are energetic, playful, very affectionate, and can learn...

READ MORE

African Grey Parrots

Filed Under

Perhaps the smartest of all parrots, African greys are the best talkers and make great pets for people who have a good deal of time every day to spend with their bird. These parrots need to be out of their cages interacting with their human...

READ MORE

Budgerigars

Filed Under

Budgies, or parakeets, as they are commonly called, also make terrific birds for families, as they are small and easy for tiny hands to handle. Budgies have an average lifespan of 5-13 years. They should be provided witha newspaper-lined...

READ MORE

Cockatiels

Filed Under

Full of personality and easy to handle, cockatiels are great first birds for families with children. They make great companions that can talk and sing, and well socialized cockatiels definitely recognize and respond interactively to their owners. A...

READ MORE

Hives in Dogs: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options

Filed Under Conditions

By Jessica Remitz Hives (Urticaria) and a swollen face (Angioedema) are commonly the result of an allergic reaction in dogs.Similar to humans, when a dog is exposed to one a particular allergen, the immune system reacts—or in most...

READ MORE

Birds Can Make Terrific Companions

Filed Under

by Dr. Laurie Hess, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian Practice) Birds of all kinds are increasingly popular as pets. Statistics from a survey completed by the American Pet Products Association in 2011 show that Americans own 16.2 million pet...

READ MORE

Dottyback*

Filed Under

These attractively colored fish have big personalities. They are active swimmers and they can jump, so be sure to cover the top of your tank with a secure lid. Dottybacks are carnivorous fish that can be aggressive with others; be sure your...

READ MORE

Hawkfish

Filed Under

Hawkfish appear to fly through the tank and then perch on a rock. They enjoy finding a spot high in the tank where they can watch all the action below. Hawkfish are carnivores and will snap up meals at feeding time. Species to...

READ MORE

Dartfish*

Filed Under

Dartfish are a nice addition to the saltwater aquarium for their bright, fluorescent colors. They are related to gobies but they swim in the middle tier of the tank rather than hide out in crevices. Dartfish are quite active and can become aggressive...

READ MORE

Goby*

Filed Under

In general, gobies are small, linear fish that spend most of their time at the bottom of the tank in small crevices. They peek out to look for food and then retract when another fish swims close by. Some gobies form a symbiotic relationship...

READ MORE

Cardinalfish*

Filed Under

Cardinalfish are more interesting than they might first appear. Cardinals are mouthbreeders, meaning the male carries the eggs in his mouth and will not eat for weeks while carrying the eggs. Quite often the eggs are eaten by the cardinalfish...

READ MORE

Dwarf Angelfish

Filed Under

Dwarf angels come in beautiful colors and bold patterns, and while angelfish can grow quite large, dwarf angels are appropriately sized for most beginners. These fish show a range in aggressive behavior, however, so be sure to research before...

READ MORE

Damselfish and Chromis*

Filed Under

These closely related groups of fish are recommended for new saltwater aquariums because they are tolerant of the fluctuations that can occur in new tanks. Damsels and chromis are also easy to feed as they readily adapt to taking dry flake food. These...

READ MORE

Anemonefish - aka Clownfish*

Filed Under

Commonly known as clownfish, this group of fish has the ability to take shelter in the venomous tentacles of anemones and form an ongoing symbiotic (beneficial) relationship. Clownfish make great additions to the saltwater tank for their bright...

READ MORE

The Special Needs of Saltwater Fish

Filed Under

Similar to freshwater fish, saltwater fish have special needs based on the ecosystem from where they originate. While there are many species of saltwater fish that will fare well in a community tank, some fish like seahorses should be kept in...

READ MORE

Starting a Saltwater Fish Tank

Filed Under

by Adam Denish If you find yourself in the saltwater section of your local pet store, the beautiful colors and intriguing behaviors of the fish might just lure you in. If you are starting a saltwater fish tank, you will need to decide...

READ MORE

8 Tropical Fish for Your Saltwater Tank

Filed Under Slideshows

Starting a tropical saltwater fish tank takes planning, starting with the kind of fish that will be living in your home aquarium. Dr. Adam Denish tells us about eight fish that are perfect even for beginners. Read more.

VIEW SLIDESHOW

Keeping Your Dog’s Teeth Healthy

Filed Under

To keep dogs in peak dental health, Lothamer says they should be evaluated regularly by their veterinarian to assess the teeth, along with professional cleanings and radiographs done at regular intervals. According to Lothamer, the best way...

READ MORE

Signs of Tooth Injury

Filed Under

Dental problems aren’t always as obvious as a canine tooth snapped in half and, unfortunately, dogs can be very good at masking their pain. “There often are no warning signs of tooth fracture as dogsare very good at masking...

READ MORE

Hard-Plastic Dental Bones

Filed Under

Some processed plastic or nylon dental chew bones are marketed to suggest that they improve dental health, but they may in fact cause the same types of problems as antlers and hooves. Many of these chews don’t pass the “knee test,”...

READ MORE